The Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Supervisor also operates under a USDA cooperative agreement to perform GAP Audits for West Virginia farmers/producers. This third party audit is required by some wholesalers, hospitals, retail grocery chains, higher education institutions, and others to guarantee the highest degree of food safety and traceability.
To obtain a GAP audit participants must complete a GAP training class and prepare a Farm Safety Plan. Audit charges are issued by an hourly rate. Those participants who successfully complete a GAP audit are eligible to receive a reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the cost with a maximum of $750. Reimbursement funds are issued via Specialty Crops Block Grant Funds.
To schedule a GAP audit or for further information, contact Derek Richard at 304-229-5828 ext 7550.